NBC drama “Sisters,“ starring Sela Ward, Patricia Kalember, Swoosie Kurtz and Julianne Philipps, debuted in 1991. It ran through May 4, 1996…In 1989, Jackée Harry was featured in the spin-off pilot “Jackée,“ which was based on her Sondra Clark character on “227.“ It never went to series…Three long-running dramas concluded: “Quincy, M.E.,“ starring Jack Klugman on NBC in 1983; the original “Dynasty” on ABC in 1989; and “Diagnosis: Murder,“ starring Dick Van Dyke, in 2001…Also ending its run was Sherman Hemsley sitcom “Amen” in 1991, and the original “American Gladiators” in first-run syndication in 1996…“Saturday Night’s Main Event” launched on NBC in 1985. Mr. T and Cyndi Lauper guest-starred…In 1992, morning show hosts Katie Couric, Joan Lunden and Paula Zahn guest-starred on the original “Murphy Brown” on CBS…In 1997, CBS presented the first installment of the miniseries “Mario Puzo’s The Last Don.“ Based on the same-name novel by Puzo, author of “The Godfather,” it starred Danny Aiello, Joe Mantegna, Daryl Hannah, Jason Gedrick, Penelope Ann Miller, Robert Wuhl, Kirstie Alley, Christopher Meloni and k.d. lang.
Movie Openings: “Firestarter” and “The Natural,” starring Robert Redford, in 1984; “A Knight’s Tale” in 2001.
ongs: Madonna’s “Crazy For You” topped Billboard’s Hot 100 ranking in 1985.
Celebrity Birthdays: Frances Fisher (“Resurrection”) is 68; Former MTV VJ Martha Quinn is 61; Jeffrey Donovan (“Burn Notice”) is 52; Mary Elizabeth Ellis (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) is 41.
Did You Know?:
“Quincy, M.E.” began as a rotating part of the “NBC Sunday Mystery Movie” effective on Oct. 3, 1976 (alongside “Columbo,” “McCloud” and “McMillan” (
CBS Orders New Dramas “Clarice” and “The Equalizer;” and New Comedy “B Positive” for 2020-21
CBS has greenlit just three new primetime series for 2020-21: Dramas “Clarice,” “The Equalizer;” and sitcom “B Positive.” Based on the character Clarice Starling from theatrical “Silence of the Lambs,” “Clarice” from executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet stars Rebecca Breeds (“Pretty Little Liars”) in the title role as she returns to the field in 1993, six months after the events of “The Silence of the Lambs.” Kal Penn, Nick Sandow, Michael Cudlitz, Lucca De Oliveira and Devyn A. Tyler also star.
“The Equalizer” Universal Television is a reimagining of the 1980s crime solver starring Queen Latifah (“Chicago,” “Bessie”) as an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. Chris Noth, Lorraine Toussaint, Tory Kittles, Liza Lapira and Laya DeLeon Hayes also star. Andrew Marlowe, Terri Miller, Dana Owens (Queen Latifah), John Davis, John Fox, Debra Martin Chase, Richard Lindheim (co-creator of the original “Equalizer” TV series that ran on CBS for four seasons), Shakim Compere and Liz Friedlander (pilot director) are executive producers.
“B Positive,” from Chuck Lorre and Marco Pennette, stars Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”) as a therapist and newly divorced dad who is faced with finding a kidney donor when he runs into a rough-around-the-edges woman (Annaleigh Ashford) from his past who volunteers her own. Together they form an unlikely bond and begin a journey that will change both of their lives. Kether Donohue, Sara Rue and Kamryn Kunody also star.
HBO Max Greenlights Animated Comedy “Santa Inc.”
Upcoming streamer has ordered the adult animated series “Santa Inc.” from Lionsgate featuring voice performances by Sarah Silverman and Seth Rogen. The 8 episode, half-hour series will be written by showrunner Alexandra Rushfield tells the story of Candy Smalls (Silverman), the highest-ranking female elf in the North Pole. When the successor to Santa Claus (Rogen) is poached by Amazon on Christmas Eve, Candy goes for her ultimate dream— to become the first woman Santa Claus in the history of Christmas.
RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Amazon Studios Renews “Upload” for Season 2
Amazon Studios has greenlit sci fi comedy “Upload,” which debuted on May 1, for a second season Greg Daniels (“The Office,” “Parks and Recreation”). Season two will exclusively stream on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
The logline: “Upload” takes place in the near future, where people can be “uploaded” into a virtual afterlife of their choice. The series follows a young app developer, Nathan Brown (Robbie Amell), who winds up in the hospital following a self-driving car accident, needing to quickly decide his fate. After a rushed deliberation with his shallow girlfriend Ingrid (Allegra Edwards), he chooses to be uploaded to her family’s luxurious virtual afterlife, the Horizen company.
TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES
Actor and Comedian Jerry Stiller Dies at 92
Actor and comedian Jerry Stiller, the familiar face on sitcoms “Seinfeld” and “The King of Queens,” has died of natural causes. He was 92.
“He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years,” said son Ben Stiller in a tweet. “He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad.”
Born June 8, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York, Jerry Stiller met his future wife Anne Meara in 1953, which resulted in the comedy team of “Stiller & Meara.” The pair became household names in the 1960s, with frequent performances on variety and talk shows, including “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Mike Douglas Show” and “The Merv Griffin Show.” And the two appeared together over the course of their careers in TV series like “Rhoda,” “Archie Bunker’s Place” and “The King of Queens.” But they also had successful solo careers, with Stiller finding his two biggest hits, “Seinfeld” and “The King of Queens,” late in his career. For more, click here.
Geoff Erwin Livestreams Benefit Concert for First Responders Children’s Foundation
2020 NFL Regular Season Weekly TV Schedule on Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN, and NFL Network
The National Football League (NFL) announced on Thursday, May 7 its 17-week, 256-game regular-season schedule for 2020, which (tentatively) runs from September 10, 2020 through January 3, 2021. For a look, click here.
CBS offers a primetime edition of “The Price Is Right“…Series premieres: “Asian Americans” on PBS; “Trial By Media” on Netflix; “Bakeaway Camp With Martha Stewart” and “Amy Schumer Learns to Cook” on Food Network…Season finales: “9-1-1” on Fox…For the listing of available programs for Monday, May 11, click here